The 18th annual Impaired Driving Law Enforcement Awards ceremonial recognized three local law enforcement officers for their attempt to enforce impaired driving laws of the state, as per a press release from Maryland Department of Transportation.
The award ceremony, which was held on Sunday at Ocean City, recognized Brock Marquis, Maryland State Police Trooper First Class and William Talbert, Master Trooper of Hagerstown barrack as well as Luis Alvarez-Rivera, Deputy Firs Class of Washington County. The three received the Driving Under the Influence (DUI) awards, as per the press release.
It was the first ever time that Alvarez-Rivera received such a recognition while the 3rd and the 9th time for Marquis and Talbert respectively.
The trio were among the 131 law enforcement officers from thirty county, state as well as local law enforcement organisations that were recognized at the award ceremony, said the press release.
The awards are offered as a joint venture between Highway Safety office of Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and Washington Regional Alcohol Program.
Basically, officers who make most DUI arrests previous year are recognized for the DUI awards, based upon their agency’s size.
Notably, over the last 5 years, over 34,600 accidents resulting in around 800 deaths and 16,000 injuries have been recorded in Maryland due to drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, said the release.